Caterers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.95 per hour. There are more female Caterers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 60 percent. The majority of Caterers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just under one-fifth get medical and dental insurance, and roughly one in eight get vision plans, too.
|Salary||$20,553 - $60,052|
|Total Pay (|
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$18,808 - $41,858|
|Hourly Rate||$8.57 - $17.84|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $3.56|
|Overtime||$6.36 - $26.55|
|Total Pay (||$18,808 - $41,858|
Job Description for Caterer
The position of a caterer, sometimes known as a server, requires strong customer service skills and the ability to please others, as they are responsible for serving food in locations ranging from hotels to restaurants, wedding receptions, and other special events.Read More...
Caterers should be able to think quickly on their feet to take many orders and perform multiple tasks at once. The job can occasionally be stressful when dealing with unruly customers, so professionalism is important to work well with customers and find solutions for their concerns. Some caterers work primarily for special events and may even cook some food in addition to serving it. They should also be able to present food in ways that are aesthetically pleasing. This work can take place both indoors and outdoors depending on the employer and particular event, and caterers typically work with a medium-sized staff of other caterers and managers.
Educational requirements are not strict for this position, though prior experience in the food industry and/or customer service is highly beneficial, and shifts for caterers can vary greatly and include morning, afternoon, and/or nighttime hours.
- Prepare a large amount of food for consumption at various events.
- Communicate with clients to determine needs and create custom menus when required.
- Maintain inventory of food supplies and restock as necessary.
- Perform setup, banquet display, and breakdown of catering events.
Pay by Experience Level for Caterer
Pay by Experience for a Caterer has a positive trend. An entry-level Caterer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 77 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Caterer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 21 salaries. An experienced Caterer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 21 salaries. A Caterer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 10 salaries.
Key Stats for Caterer
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